HOME > Chowhound > Greater Boston Area >
What's your latest food project? Tell us about it
TELL US

Second Trip - just a stopover this is what we're thinking

i
itryalot Jul 13, 2013 09:44 PM

We have been the first time and had too much good food to mention. We'll be driving in for the day before our flight and return home. We went to Neptune and loved it; now we want to try B and G - I love oysters...DH loves seafood so we th
ink we should try it.
Last time we loved Coppa and would go back until we noticed the menu hasn't changed that much. We love the small plates concept and thought about going to Toro.
Last time we were around the Cambridge or who knows where area when someone told us about a great bread place - huge rustic French loaves. We brought those suckers home as foodie souvenirs. Any suggestions for that crusty rustic Italian and French loaves? They were somewhat like the loaves from Balthazar in NYC.
Any notable farmers' markets open on Sun am?

  1. c
    Capeannetoo Jul 13, 2013 09:58 PM

    If open you really should try Island Creek Oyster Bar. Oysters obviously their strong suit and high quality fresh seafood galore. Great vibe to room much larger than B&G. More choices and better prices. Also serious cocktail program and impressive wine list.

    1. b
      bear Jul 14, 2013 06:52 AM

      Iggy's on Fawcett St. in Cambridge may be what you're thinking of for bread.

      (Edited to correct): Personally, I'd suggest Island Creek over B & G since your husband loves seafood and there are plenty of non-shellfish options.

      Have a great trip!

      1. Matt H Jul 14, 2013 07:56 AM

        B&G is fine, but I am not a huge fan. Personally I would much rather go to Island Creek Oyster Bar.

        Toro as an alternative to Coppa is a great choice. Keep in mind there are no reservations but if its a small group you should be able to find a spot at the bar.

        The SoWa open market is now open on Sundays. Here is the site to see if it is something that interests you. http://www.sowaopenmarket.com/

        Enjoy your trip.

        6 Replies
        1. re: Matt H
          t
          teezeetoo Jul 14, 2013 09:09 AM

          Take the C train out to Brookline and go to Lineage, owned by the same folks as Island Creek, but with less "scene" and $1.00 oysters at the bar, great seafood dinner, and 1/2 price wines during July. Grand little place and 10 minutes from Boston.

          1. re: teezeetoo
            hotoynoodle Jul 14, 2013 10:41 AM

            chef sewall is sole owner of lineage, but is partners with garrett harker and skip bennet at icob.

            another vote for icob over b&g. i feel nothing but pillaged at b&g and have stopped going.

            i don't know how up-to-date the on-line menu is at coppa, so i wouldn't let that dissuade you from going. or you can try tavern road or belly wine bar, both new this year.

            1. re: hotoynoodle
              i
              itryalot Jul 18, 2013 05:55 AM

              Tavern Road and Belly wine bar look interesting. I may need to consider those.

              1. re: itryalot
                k
                kimfair1 Jul 18, 2013 06:29 AM

                Ate at Tavern Road for the first time last evening. They have a top notch cocktail program, but I found the food hit or miss. We enjoyed the chickpea fritters, and fresh whipped feta snack bites. I had the porchetta (all right) and the spaetzel side (good). My wife had a lamb steak which she enjoyed, but our vegetarian friend didn't like the risotto (and our great waiter comped it). The beet salad side was weird, with too many competing flavors (beets, curry and pickled cauliflower, and figs which gave the the dish a weird maple syrup flavor). To top it of we were asked to move while finishing our drinks because they had a group of walk-ins they wanted to seat (we had a reservation and we asked within 5 minutes of getting the bill). I can't recommend this place based on my limited experience.

                1. re: kimfair1
                  i
                  itryalot Jul 19, 2013 12:59 PM

                  That's not convincing me to go.... will have to wait on someone to report about Belly wine bar.

                  1. re: itryalot
                    k
                    kimfair1 Jul 19, 2013 06:41 PM

                    Yeah, if you lived here, it might be worth trying, but it's not good enough IMHO to hit as one of only a few spots to try on a quick trip. I almost forgot, I also had steak tartare which was abysmal, the worst I've ever had.

        2. C. Hamster Jul 14, 2013 03:55 PM

          Count me in as another Hound who would steer you away from BG. Nothing but $$ disappointment

          1. Kat Jul 16, 2013 07:22 AM

            Definitely ICOB, and you need to make reservations. It is quite popular, particularly on game days as it is near Fenway.

            1. j
              johndory Jul 16, 2013 07:13 PM

              There is a solid farmer's market in front of the Charles Hotel in Harvard Sq. on Sundays starting at 10 a.m.

              1. i
                itryalot Jul 18, 2013 05:56 AM

                I am in like Flynn for ICOB and take fellow hounders' recs seriously. To be quite honest, the only reason I was choosing B and G was because National Geographic Traveller chose it as one of the top oyster houses in the world. Now that I have reread it, I am wondering if ambiance trumps value for oyster quality and freshness though. I will definitely make reservations.

                2 Replies
                1. re: itryalot
                  k
                  kimfair1 Jul 18, 2013 06:33 AM

                  You'll love ICOB, much nicer in size and scope than B&G, and a bit cheaper as well. Not cheap, mind you, but cheaper than B&G. Also, I don't remember from my one trip to B&G whether they have the breadth of oyster choices that ICOB has (usually 10-12 different types daily).

                  1. re: itryalot
                    C. Hamster Jul 19, 2013 01:13 PM

                    I cannot fathom picking B&G for any award.

                  Show Hidden Posts